WW II SPARS to Speak at Castle Hill, RI

WW II SPARS to Speak at Castle Hill, RI
SPARS Recruitment Poster (1942) courtesy USCG

Two members of the Coast Guard SPARS who served during World War II will speak at Station Castle Hill, Rhode Island, this Friday, September 12.

Known as Semper Paratus Always Ready, SPARs was the nickname for women who joined the Coast Guard during the 1940s. In all, 1,914 women were trained in numerous roles to augment active-duty personnel until they were all released from service after the war in June 1946.

Speaking will be Rosetta Furey Gillett Desrosiers and Evelyn Cohen. The women, who are in their 90s, will share stories about their time in the Coast Guard, tour the station and get underway with crews.

The event takes place Friday (September 12), at 10:30 a.m. at Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, 75 Ridge Road, Newport, RI, 02840.

More information about women serving in the Coast Guard may be found here.